TORONTO-The Toronto Marlies played three times in the final week of 2012 and skated away with five-of-six points, which improved their record for the month of December to 9-1-2.
On Wednesday Toronto hosted the Hamilton Bulldogs at the Air Canada Centre in front of 18,800 fans and came away with a 3-2 decision.
Mike Kostka had a goal and an assist for the Marlies, who jumped out to a 3-0 lead before giving up two late third-period goals, and Matt Frattin chipped in with three assists.
Keith Aucoin and Joe Colborne also scored for Toronto while Ben Scrivens turned aside 19 shots for his 12th win of the season.
For Colborne, it was his first goal in 16 games as the last time he scored came back on Nov. 10th against the San Antonio Rampage.
Frattin and Will Acton each scored for the Marlies on Friday. However, it wasn’t enough as Toronto fell to the host Grand Rapids Griffins 3-2 in a shootout.
Scrivens stopped 24-of-26 shots in defeat.
The Marlies gave up two power-play goals in regulation time after killing off 22 straight penalties in their previous five outings.
In a rematch on Saturday, the host Griffins scored 52 seconds into the first period, but Toronto scored three straight goals to down Grand Rapids 3-1.
Ryan Hamilton scored twice for the Marlies and Carter Ashton added the other.
Jussi Rynnas turned aside 27-of-28 shots for his fifth win of the season and it was the fourth time in seven starts this season the Finnish goaltender had allowed one goal or less.
Toronto is now 19-9-3 on the season and hold down the top spot in the Western Conference standings as the calendar changes to 2013.
The club is 11-2-1 at the Ricoh Coliseum, which gives them a league-best .821 winning percentage on home ice. Away from Toronto they are 8-7-2.
Both of Toronto’s special teams are 14th in the AHL.
The Marlies next game will be on Jan. 2nd when they host Hamilton in their seventh meeting of the season.
Here are the Toronto Marlies hot and cold performers for the week of December 24th to 30th.
Season Stats: 31 GP 19-9-3
Eakins set the Marlies’ franchise record for wins by a coach last week with 131 and this week he was named to coach the Western Conference All Star team in Providence, R.I. He earned his bid to the All Star Classic as his club is guaranteed to have the best record in the West as of Dec. 31st.
Season Stats: 18 GP 9 G 7 A 16 PTS
After being held pointless for four games, Frattin picked up three assists against Hamilton and then scored his first goal in five games against Grand Rapids on Friday. He also kept himself a threat in the offensive zone as he put 13 shots on goal in just three games.
Season Stats: 29 GP 14 G 6 A 20 PTS
Hamilton had his third multi-goal game of the season on Saturday against Grand Rapids and has nine goals in his last 10 outings. He has also been a plus-10 through the month of December, has four game-winning goals and is on pace to set a new career-high in scoring.
Season Stats: 27 GP 5 G 2 A 7 PTS
Deschamps hasn’t registered a point in five outings and was a healthy scratch on Friday against Grand Rapids. He has just one point in 10 games through the month of December and isn’t producing the same way he did in the second half of last season when Toronto acquired him from the Syracuse Crunch.
Season Stats: 16 GP 3 G 4 A 7 PTS
Ryan picked up an assist on Saturday against Grand Rapids, however that was just his first point in five games and he found himself scratched for Saturday’s rematch. The 21-year-old hasn’t scored in 11 games and has only one goal since scoring twice in his season debut on Oct. 20th.
Season Stats: 13 GP 1 G 0 A 1 PTS
Ross has had a slow start to his pro career and has gone seven games without recording any points. His one goal in 13 games is the least offensive output of any Marlies’ player and his 10 total shots on goal is the least of any Toronto forward.
Look for the Toronto Marlies hot and cold performers every Monday.